Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Dark buckwheat colour and taste, with different wheats. If you like wheat beer, this is a must try- it will be more aggressive. If you like barleywine-it's a tasty variation. Drinkable.Had on draft at Prime 16 3.5 years later and good mouthfeel, fruitiness. A barleywine. ('09 aged version)
04-22-2007 03:54:43 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
I believe this is the last vintage that came out.
Pours a reddish orange color, small head, only slightly hazy for a beer with this much wheat.
Smells like wheat, caramel (crystal malt), alcohol, and more wheat.
The taste is coming around. Well, I didn't try it new but the wheat and malt are starting to age. A bit heavy on the alcohol but its all upfront, doesnt leave much alcohol taste in the aftertaste.
Body was real thick and syrupy. Nice that its heavy but a bit over the top. Tastes pretty good and is therefore enjoyable but the abv will catch up with you rather quickly.
This is only the 4th new wheatwine I've tried but its probably the best, with the exception of aged versions of the Marin Starbrew.
07-31-2008 19:38:02 | More by t0rin0
3.59/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottle conditioned in 2014. 10.8% ABV.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, toffee, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, caramel, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique tartness in the flavor that I am not sure I have experienced in other beers of the same style.
07-03-2014 03:15:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
A: pours a nice amber-copper with a moderate head.
S: a bit darker with some caramel as compared with other wheatwines that I've had. Some nice citrus, earthy hops as well as some mild notes of skin fruits such as pears.
T: caramel comes out with a bit of alcohol flavor as well as a mild wheat crispness. The hops certainly restrain any potential for excessive sweetness. Some pear notes and hints of mild peaches.
M: medium body with adequate carbonation, but not quite as heavy on the wheat elements as I'd like.
D: pretty good, but certainly not something I need 22oz. of.
05-17-2010 11:24:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
A: It poured clear amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that slowly disappeared. A very light amount of carbonation is visible, along with some floating yeast particles.
S: There is a mild amount of malty sweetness in the nose, which smells a tad boozy and has some notes of toffee.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet like the smell and has notes of caramel, piney hops, raisins and toffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, somewhat viscous and very smooth on the palate.
D: Although this beer should be sipped, the alcohol content is surprisingly well hidden from the taste.
Note: 2009 vintage
06-14-2010 01:14:59 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Dried apricot orange with a faint reddish blush. The sandlewood colored cap is a tight collection of tiny bubbles that persists nicely, especially given the ABV. It's also an admirable leaver of lace in unbroken, sandblasted sheets. I haven't had enough wheat wines to know what they ought to look like, but this one looks great to me.
The beer smelled pretty good from several feet away, but for some reason it doesn't smell quite as good when I get up close and personal with it. Its biggest negatives are a lack of power and a lack of any complexity whatsoever. Its biggest positives are a tangy orange fruitiness and a complete lack of alcohol. If it improves with warming, I'll nudge the score accordingly (note: it doesn't).
Smuttynose Wheat Wine is good beer that I'm not tempted to wax poetic over. I've yet to have a version of this style that I thought came anywhere close to the best barleywines. Whether that has to do with the inherent qualities of wheat versus barley or whether it has to do with brewers' inexperience with a relatively new style, I couldn't say.
At an estimated 18 months of age, the alcohol has, I'm guessing, settled down considerably. It's still a presence though and is borderline in terms of masking/flavor contribution. There's a definite warm spiciness present that doesn't quite reach the threhold of being considered hot. It has the effect of slowing me down by forcing me to take small sips; never a bad idea.
The flavor is reminiscent of orange liqueur. It isn't smooth enough, however, to remind me of Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Cane sugar was added, but the little yeasties must have been unusually efficient with this particular batch because residual sweetness is at a minimum. Or maybe it's simply that enough hops were used to balance things out and the ABV is high enough to keep things dry.
Medium toast French oak chips were used as well. I do pick up more than a hint of bourbon barrel-like vanilla, so I'll have to credit the brewers for that particular addition. While this is a fairly enjoyable big beer, it isn't an especially complex one. It isn't as if one has to probe each and every mouthful for hidden flavors, because they simply aren't present.
The mouthfeel is a highlight for me (along with the appearance). It's full and sticky and comes oh so close to syrupy on the finish. A laid back amount of carbonation contributes to all of the above. Even the somewhat harsh alcohol (that is starting to numb my tongue) can't ruin my enjoyment of how this beer feels in the mouth. It certainly gives it a good effort though.
In the end, the unmasked alcoholicity of Smuttynose Wheat Wine has worn down whatever enthusiasm I had during the first third of the bottle. I thought that I gave it enough time to rest, but it looks like another 18 months wouldn't have been out of the question. While it might improve a fair amount over that time, I don't believe that it will ever be great beer.
11-29-2006 22:58:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with some average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating and reminiscent of a regular barleywine. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with some notes of caramel and toffee. Full creamy body is well done with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but I can't say that the wheat notes were clearly discernable.
04-11-2008 18:21:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Vintage 2006 twenty two ounce bottle. Acquired in a trade last year and kept refrigerated until now. Served at cellar temp in a snifter. Consumer on 07/12/2008.
Grabbed this one out and noticed right away there was at least a half inch of sediment in the bottom of it. Thick and easily stirred, I did my best to make sure the pour was unfettered. A rich golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.
The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it. It was definitely a sipper, and a little bit rough at that. I had an issue finishing the bottle as this was definitely a strong one, and I was feeling it, not too mention the flavor being a bit overpowering.
Overall not bad for my first experience with the style, not sure I will be going back to it with any kind of regularity, but none the less, still very good. I would have no issue in trying this one again, especially a fresh bottle of it!
07-16-2008 09:50:37 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep, yet bright amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles.
Smell: Wonderfully aromatic nose smelling deeply of toasted caramel with a distant tangy note of wheat. Some peaches and pears, as well as some citrus.
Taste: Malty caramel, lightly toasty, and with a full, though not unrestrained sweetness. Definitely a nice wheat component present. Chewy fruitiness. Spicy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness, but it blends very well to counter and balance all of the sweetness. Hint of pepper. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering taste of creme caramel. Upon warming, a taste of Grand Marnier begins to emerge.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Suspiciously creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very good, very nice, and I wish I had some extra bottles of it on-hand. Heavenly and delectable! I certainly recommend it.
09-09-2008 02:19:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
Felt this was too similar to a normal barley wine. I thought that this would have been a little bit different. Expected it to be lighter I guess. To me not much really stood out and made much of a difference. It was a brownish colored brew with a little head that survived for a little while. The flavors in this beer was strong for sure. I would try this again in hopes of enjoying this a little more the second time around.
03-29-2011 00:07:39 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into an oversized wine glass kind of a odd mix of deep burnt orange with ruddy brownish hue to it a thinner but well formed slight off white head atop.Boozy and quite sweet aromas like alcohol dipped apricot and a nutty terrine malt presence not much hop to be had here,definently a malt based big brew with a sweet alcohool kick dried apricot and dare I say applesauce flavors mixed with alcohol burn,definently flavorful and definently ballsy.Iam finishing the bomber and I will sleep well tonight,glad I tried it it really warms the insides.
12-22-2006 02:31:17 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours a lovely clear amber garnet, with a tiny amount of clear sudsy head, which tries to coalesce into a cohesive layer of foam, but to no avail. The nose is wheat, corn, clove, and oak, but it is all quite weak. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, raisins, figs, cornmeal, and grains. The body is thick and lightly heavy, with a slight dab of carbontion. It covers the tongue in a light syrupy manner, but then proceeds to lithely slide right on down. Overall, a very drinkable brew, despite the relatively high ABV.
03-22-2010 00:00:14 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
I really enjoyed this beer. I was expecting something a little big bigger with more body and more malt to it, but as it is, it's very drinkable. And although the 11% alcohol is there, it's not really too distracting (although I guess that knowing it's there helps you to prepare for it). It's got a very nice appearance with a hazy reddish-orange-copper body, but there's little head and even less lacing, which I thought was odd for a beer with 53% wheat (even if it does have a high alcohol content). Hops are noticeable in the nose, along with some very nice yeasty fruitiness and a flicker of alcohol, and it's quite welcoming. It's smooth across the palate with a very fine bubbled, restrained carbonation and medium body. In the flavor it's lightly sweet and somewhat candyish, but still well-balanced, and the malt and hop bitterness seem to have a tug of war going on until the finish where the bitterness overcomes. The alcohol is more apparent here than in the nose, and it rises up at mid-palate, and remains a bit in the finish. However, it does lend a bit of pepperiness that helps to balance the malt and give it greater depth of character. Overall, an interesting tipple.
01-25-2006 02:22:27 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
2008 release, on-tap 11/23/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very candy-like with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is likewise, very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to keep drinking until the ABV catches up with you.
11-25-2008 19:27:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.3/5 rDev +12%
Cheers to unholy2 for this one!
2007 vintage pours caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. minimal lacing & zero head retention
S: Intense fruittyness, caramel, booze, & pecans
T: Rich fruittynes (cherry, plum, apricot) & some boozey warmth up front. More fruittyness, some honey & treacle sweetness, plus piney & grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple notes, piney hops & candi sugar (I can feel my teeth rotting, er I think!!), with pecans, a bit of smokeyness
MF: Syruppy & slick with an interesting balance
Drinks good for the ABV, but after a while the chewyness slows you down, This reminds me a lot of Stingo or some of the English barleywines I had when I lived in England. This is a good one to cap the evening off
03-15-2008 05:04:24 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Hazy orangeish, solid cream-toned head. Nice looking.
Aroma, sweet, rosy, lightly spicy, cherries and melons, a bit perfumey.
Interesting texture here, a littlesour, a little spice, clovey, fruity...very odd.
Nothing wrong...just weird...nothing wrong with weird.
Medium bodied, tannic finish, a bit tangy. But the flavor bottom out too quickly, there's nothing for the tongue to play with after a while, and it all drifts off faster than it ought to.... Fruit + wheat + booze, is the simple formula. While an interesting experiment, a novel take on a new style, I feel it misses the mark just a touch.
11%? Hoo, boy...it's creeping up on me...
01-31-2006 07:41:43 | More by feloniousmonk
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Wheatwines are hit and miss. This beer is dark amber and clear with no lacing, no head, low carbonation. Looks OK.
Aroma is sweet, alcoholy, and strong, like bourbon. Smells good.
Beer is pretty sweet, strong alcohol character. Odd bitterness, its dry on the finish, overall its pretty drinkable for an 11% beer. My hand hurts, I'm not typing anymore.
09-06-2010 03:11:37 | More by drabmuh
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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